Gregg Popovich's storied tenure as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs will last at least one more season. But considering the current state of the roster, fans shouldn't expect the 2022-23 campaign to be successful or entertaining. According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, San Antonio is trading All-Star guard Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks, in exchange for three first-round draft picks, one future pick swap, and veteran forward Danilo Gallinari.
The Spurs' decision to part ways with Murray, who led the team in scoring this past season, signals a clear attempt to tank and rebuild toward the future. And it's a practice Popovich isn't accustomed to, as he's helped lift San Antonio to five NBA titles and 22 winning seasons since 1997. However, the franchise has finished with losing records in each of the past three years, hanging around in NBA purgatory. With quality draft capital, it shouldn't take long for the Spurs to return to relevancy -- and NBA TV host Jared Greenberg has a clever theory.
"I was actually surprised he didn't do this a few years ago, with some of their options. Like, they should've traded LaMarcus Aldridge away, they should've traded DeMar DeRozen a year sooner than they did," Greenberg explained to The DA Show on Thursday. "I feel like this is a mistake the Spurs organization made, they're now trying to correct... Apparently, next year's draft is going to be so talented, particularly with the guy currently projected as the No. 1 pick.
"It's this guy who plays for Tony Parker's team overseas. He's projected to be the No. 1 pick. Spurs tank this season, and they repeat the whole Tim Duncan scenario from the late '90s. And they give Pop an opportunity, in the next two years, to win a title as he rides off into the sunset... Let's not forget, Popovich isn't going to leave, totally. He's still president of the team... And I imagine he'll relinquish his coaching title, and still have some role within the organization."
The entire NBA conversation between Greenberg and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.